Thanks: Krzysztof Wodiczko
Year: 2016
Site: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University


The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University is the only building designed by Le Corbusier in the North American continent. It is also a semi-public space where the private sphere of education gets interspersed with the public sphere of galleries, exhibitions, screenings and talks.

Corbusier had designed the building so that the private and the public could overlap and intermingle throughout the space. One such area in the building is the exterior exhibition space of the building. This space is slightly below ground level and is used very little today. The concrete bench in this space is cold and stiff not only from its own materiality but also from the lack of human contact. Over time this bench has developed bruises and scars that have not been paid attention to. This intervention tries to treat those injuries through actions of care and healing.

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